What will happen if I don't have the periodontitis treated?
The final result of periodontal disease left untreated is teeth falling, because of loss of bone structure, which suppports them in the mouth. The loss of natural dentition has detrimental consequenses to a person's quality of life. Without teeth you cannot enjoy food, you cannot speak properly, you cannot smile, you cannot socialize. You can argue that fact by saying that nobody is left without teeth nowdays. There are solutions for replacing the natural dentition with either a removable denture or dental implants. This is definetely true, but you should keep in mind that in case you lost your teeth due to periodontitis, there will be bone loss and that will create problems in the stability of the denture. In case you decide to go with implants, after loosing your teeth of periodontitis, you should know that there will probably be need for bone grafing which will raise the cost and the time of therapy as well as the patient's discomfort. Then remember that if you lost teeth due to periodontitis, there is a possibility that your implants will be affected by the same disease (it is called periimplantitis). So not seeking for periodontal therapy, if needed makes no sense at all.
Besides the effects of periodontal disease in the mouth, there are also side effects iin one's general health. Periodontal disease has been associated with diabetes in a two way relationship: Diabetes can increase the chance of having periodontitis but also periodontal disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar in diabetic patients. Also periodontitis has been associated with increased risk of heart disease and heart attack and increased risk of a preterm low birth weight baby in case of periodontitis during pregnancy. So it is true when the Ancient Greek used to say that the health starts from the mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions- Periodontology
- What is periodontitis?
- What is gingivitis?
- How can I be sure I have periodontitis or gingivitis?
- My dentist feels that I should see a specialist because I have gum disease, but I feel nothing and my gums do not bleed. Is it possible that I still have periodontitis?
- What is the difference between a periodontist and a general dentist?
- What causes periodontitis?
- Is periodontitis contagious?
- I am a smoker and I won't quit. Will I still benefit from the treatment of periodontitis?
- My dentist always told me I have good teeth and now my teeth are falling. How can this happen?
- Can you have periodontitis treated?
- What is the treatment for periodontitis?
- What toothpaste and what mouthwash should I use if I have periodontitis?
- Will I be in pain during the periodontitis treatment?
- Will I be in pain after the periodontal treatment? Will I be able to eat normally?
- How long does the periodontal treatment last?
- What will happen if I don't have the periodontitis treated?
- I have periodontitis and I need treatment, but I also need some new fillings, crowns and root canal treatments. What should I have taken care of first?
- How can I prevent periodontitis?
- I had periodontal treatment in the past, but now my gums have the disease again and I am frustrated. This disease never goes?
- After the fulfilment of the periodontal treatment, will I still need to see the periodontist or will I be able to have dental cleanings with my dentist?